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Ganz
Hi all

Been busy with the 145 and had some 'life' experiences so couldn't post for a while. Quick update: I garaged the 145 QV last April 2014 to powder coat the subframes but then it turned into a project and one thing led to another. Lol!

Hopefully someone will find some of the pics interesting for their own projects maybe. The pics I'm posting are a reduced number. If anyone wants to see more pics of a specific part of the car that maybe you cannot find on this forum let me know as the car is still dismantled and I can take more pics.

The car is on axle stands. Wheels, exhaust and hand brake cables are detached.

Enjoy..

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April 2014

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Inside..

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Exhaust off

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The gear shift support

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On Halford's axle stands.

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Exhaust bolts.. what a state!

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These were 'un-doable'..!

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Wire brush and WD the gearlinkage support aluminium shield nuts

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Gearbox mount

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The bolt arrowed in red (I didn't see this was preventing the gearbox mount from coming off)

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Supporting the gearbox (still there today!)

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The gearshift is also held in place by this one bolt inside.

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That pesky bolt

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Support the whole gear linkage doobri

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Gently does it

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Lowered

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Supporting the front subframe when all the bolts are prised off

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Detaching wishbones before lowering the front subframe

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Lowering the front subframe

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The front subframe.. little did I know the 'project' had begun. Lol!

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The parts I'd never normally be able to see

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Drive shaft

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Make sure to label and bag ever single nut and bolt!! Take lots of photos too as these will help reassembling at some distant future date..

To be continued..
black 146
what did you use to mount your number plate on to the bumper ?
was it the same way as mine??
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 7th April 2015 22:08) *
what did you use to mount your number plate on to the bumper ?
was it the same way as mine??


If I remember it was a 156 mount. It was a cut and shut job. I just used conventional self-tapping screws. What did you use on yours?

I do like the Alfa side placement for reg plate.

Thinking of getting another front bumper without the vent holes.
Ganz
What I did last May!

Removal of petrol tank and rear sub-frame and loads of other stuff.

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Brake line inspection

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Fuel filter

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Fuel tank motor cover

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Fuel tank pipes

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Siphoning the petrol

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Lowering of the petrol tank

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Fiddly to get the pipes out the way

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The blue one was a b**ger

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The petrol tank out the way and the rear sub-frame is next..

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Unclipping bits and bobs

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Draining brake fluid

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The first sheared bolt.. Do not attempt to unbolt a 20 year old ABS sensor - or even crazier, attempt to take one out. See later on. Lol!

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Brake lines disconnected (without having to be 'cut' off!)

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OMG.. the rear brake compensator..

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The rear subframe lowered after dowsing the four subframe bolts in WD40 for a week and undoing with a 4 ft breaker bar very sloooowly..

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The rear subframe bolts were in good nick thread wise as were the front sub-frame bolts. Only the bolt heads were rusty.

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rear compensator union

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rear subframe supported by couple of axle stands

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Th rear sub-frame old rubber mounts (shot to bits!)

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Don't try this at home, if your garage is your home like mine
ABS sensor

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A very useful swarf attractor now. Lesson learn: leave ABS sensors alone ohmy.gif
Rixis
front lip is some kind ebay universal fit?
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 11th April 2015 23:46) *
If I remember it was a 156 mount. It was a cut and shut job. I just used conventional self-tapping screws. What did you use on yours?

I do like the Alfa side placement for reg plate.

Thinking of getting another front bumper without the vent holes.




That's why i liked it to that way and to be difference whistle.gif I had to blank in where the old number plate went as the phs2s sit in side the bumper with a 2nd scrap bumper smile.gif
but i'm trying to fit two three inch base box trumpets in the center of the bumper just to work out how far in the fit them rolleyes.gif
Ganz
QUOTE(Rixis @ 13th April 2015 10:06) *
front lip is some kind ebay universal fit?


Yes. It's some American company. It's a flexible piece of rubber that does the job better than expected.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Fit-Fr...=item3aa70dc684

QUOTE(black 146 @ 13th April 2015 16:59) *
That's why i liked it to that way and to be difference whistle.gif I had to blank in where the old number plate went as the phs2s sit in side the bumper with a 2nd scrap bumper smile.gif
but i'm trying to fit two three inch base box trumpets in the center of the bumper just to work out how far in the fit them rolleyes.gif


Even Picasso stole ideas - not that I'm anythin other than a p**s artist. Wait till I get the Team Dynamics on!!

Seriously, you did a great job smoothing the piping on the ph2 bumpers.
black 146


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Fit-Fr...=item3aa70dc684
Even Picasso stole ideas - not that I'm anythin other than a p**s artist. Wait till I get the Team Dynamics on!!

Seriously, you did a great job smoothing the piping on the ph2 bumpers.
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I think the team dynamics was the better wheel. I've used on all the alfa's I've had
the piping is already there it was making the space up where the number plate was. Just not shore about the round vents on the front before they go to paint !
Ganz
Some more pics from April 2014

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Rear brake compensator on rear torsion arm

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Rear subframe attachments/

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Rear brake compensator

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Rear brake compensator with brake pipes cut off.

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Rear sub-frame mess

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Rusty brake pipe unions

Tackling the interior


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Stripping the interior

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Un-screwing the foot rest

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Adapt a screw driver with a socket

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Had to cut the carpet at this point

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Interior

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Interior with insulation

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Rear seat area

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ECU unit

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Sound-proofing

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Footrest

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Holes in floorpan


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Big holes

Post July stuff this week
Ganz
A question for anyone who can provide an answer: I've purchased some FK lowered springs and some lowered Technik German front struts. Will I still be able to use the standard front strut bump stops or will I have to shorten them??

Also, will it affect camber and has anyone used those camber bolts on ebay?

Cheers
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st April 2015 16:18) *
A question for anyone who can provide an answer: I've purchased some FK lowered springs and some lowered Technik German front struts. Will I still be able to use the standard front strut bump stops or will I have to shorten them??

Also, will it affect camber and has anyone used those camber bolts on ebay?

Cheers





me a yellow145 used the standard stuff ! On ours. but he put all race bushes + camber bolts on. But i would say get them set up properly with the tracking as it will know out the front treys really fast
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 21st April 2015 17:56) *
me a yellow145 used the standard stuff ! On ours. but he put all race bushes + camber bolts on. But i would say get them set up properly with the tracking as it will know out the front treys really fast


Cheers mate.

When you say the standard stuff do you mean the bump stops or the strut and springs as standard too. I can't remember whether you and yell 145 used lowered struts and springs.

I was looking at the struts and by the time I get the spring compressed there is hardly gonna be much travel on the strut. I take it the springs are quite stiff and I'll get progressive damping.
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 22nd April 2015 21:17) *
Cheers mate.

When you say the standard stuff do you mean the bump stops or the strut and springs as standard too. I can't remember whether you and yell 145 used lowered struts and springs.

I was looking at the struts and by the time I get the spring compressed there is hardly gonna be much travel on the strut. I take it the springs are quite stiff and I'll get progressive damping.




sorry just bump tops.top mounts he's got the full powe flex + we got these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-145-146-155...em4d29386dfcfor for the drop links
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 22nd April 2015 21:38) *
sorry just bump tops.top mounts he's got the full powe flex + we got these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-145-146-155...em4d29386dfcfor for the drop links


Cheers

That's good. I purchased the FK 30-40mm lowered springs and Technix struts from Germany. I'm going to order the front bump stops now:
https://www.shop4parts.co.uk/originalbirth/...;keywords=50885.

Yes, I got some Supaflex ARB drop link bushes too. They look cool in blue.
Ganz
July 2014 pics

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I had to hacksaw the old bushes out.

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and drift these old steel collars off

I made a kind of tool to drift the collars off
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It worked

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The old stuff

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the state..

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Got the floorpan welded

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Tiger sealed for good measure

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Used Dynamat for sound proofing

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Primered underside post weld

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Tiger sealed weld areas for good measure

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Front brake calipers had 20 years of rust

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As did the rears

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The rear sub-frame brake lines

I didn't realise this was going to be a project ohmy.gif
black 146
looking good once it's done you will have a well sorted car worshippy.gif coolio.gif
Are you going to paint the brake calipers . ? as they are off
Ganz
August got more interesting

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Cleaning the calipers is quite therapeutic

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Got a load of stuff shot blasted and powder coated. Front brake caliper brackets I shot blasted then painted

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All the brackets were powder coated

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Got the front sub-frame powder coated in a high gloss silver

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Got the Fiat Coupe ARBs powder coated too!

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The red is quite close to Rosso Red

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All wrapped up for the winter

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The rear sub-frame and ARB powder coated

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Got my rear sub-frame poly bushes

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Painted rear caliper with attached transfer

August was a good month smile.gif
effkay
Good work! worshippy.gif
black 146
what did you pay for the powder coating ?to be done
did you do all the prep work or did they do it all ?
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 19th April 2015 20:24) *
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Fit-Fr...=item3aa70dc684
Even Picasso stole ideas - not that I'm anythin other than a p**s artist. Wait till I get the Team Dynamics on!!

Seriously, you did a great job smoothing the piping on the ph2 bumpers.





I think the team dynamics was the better wheel. I've used on all the alfa's I've had
the piping is already there it was making the space up where the number plate was. Just not shore about the round vents on the front before they go to paint !


Definitely! The AZs(I think they were) were nice but shape and finish on the Pro races a class above. It just looks better. If I had to have a 2nd set it would be a set of TD pro race 1.2s.

QUOTE(black 146 @ 22nd April 2015 22:30) *
looking good once it's done you will have a well sorted car worshippy.gif coolio.gif
Are you going to paint the brake calipers . ? as they are off


Cheers! I think when it's finished the underside of the car will be miles better than what you'll see on top. Also, I figured by the time I've finished I'll have had a new car with all the replaced parts.

As you can see red. I painted these last year but since then I've had a change of mind. If I had the chance again I'd paint them yellow. Yellow seems to be the colour of calipers at the moment?

QUOTE(effkay @ 23rd April 2015 10:01) *
Good work! worshippy.gif


Cheers bud!
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 23rd April 2015 16:47) *
what did you pay for the powder coating ?to be done
did you do all the prep work or did they do it all ?


I think I paid 120 for the shotblasting of all the small parts and powder coating of the both subframes and ARBs. They coated them silver and then added a gloss lacquer coating on top. I didn't haggle because they coated a set of Speedlines for a another 145 a while ago and I was impressed with the finish. The subframes and ARBs (I think) were too big for the powder coating place so I got them shot blasted prior before sending them to the powder coaters.
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 23rd April 2015 22:19) *
I think I paid 120 for the shotblasting of all the small parts and powder coating of the both subframes and ARBs. They coated them silver and then added a gloss lacquer coating on top. I didn't haggle because they coated a set of Speedlines for a another 145 a while ago and I was impressed with the finish. The subframes and ARBs (I think) were too big for the powder coating place so I got them shot blasted prior before sending them to the powder coaters.





i really like the detailing in to something you wont see much But you how much time and effort to get it looking that cool coolio.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif
i got a phase2 to start a.s.a.p HaHa laugh.gif
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 24th April 2015 20:20) *
i really like the detailing in to something you wont see much But you how much time and effort to get it looking that cool coolio.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif
i got a phase2 to start a.s.a.p HaHa laugh.gif


I only intended to powder coat the sub-frames but then when I saw the ARBs, wishbones, the struts, the discs, the calipers, the brake lines, the brackets, the holes, the exhaust, the nuts, the bolts, the washers, the rust... = PROJECT! I guess it's just my personal philosophy.
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 25th April 2015 00:11) *
I only intended to powder coat the sub-frames but then when I saw the ARBs, wishbones, the struts, the discs, the calipers, the brake lines, the brackets, the holes, the exhaust, the nuts, the bolts, the washers, the rust... = PROJECT! I guess it's just my personal philosophy.




it will be a well sorted underneath once you get it all back. What rubbers are you going to use on the anti roll bar ?
And What's the job on the To'Do list ??
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 25th April 2015 01:04) *
it will be a well sorted underneath once you get it all back. What rubbers are you going to use on the anti roll bar ?
And What's the job on the To'Do list ??


I've brought some SuperPro Poly bushes. They're a cool blue colour! See the next post pics
Ganz
August 2014

Discovered more rust!!

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offside rear wheel arch area

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After a bit of wire brushing

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Nearside was rusty too.

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Offside near rear boot corner

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My Philips alarm


Started the engine after nearly 8 months standing. She fired first time biggrin.gif
Ganz
January - March 2015

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SuperPro Poly bushes for my Fiat ARBs

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On the powder-coated ARB

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Also got some SuperPro (I think they were the same company) drop link and poly bushes.

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Time to decide what to do with the old steel brake lines..

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NF's cool looking 145 QV

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Lancia Dedra brake calipers look exactly like the 145s. Wish I could get hold of those brake dust shields.

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Decided to replace the old corroded steel brake pipes. Cut them off so no going back now. Gulp!

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This was one job I dreaded - indeed, I thought I took on more than I could handle. After lots of practice with different types of flanges and familiarising myself with the tools it was quite enjoyable. I started with copper but then..

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I used the hand held flanging tool which is quite good and will enable me to flange on the car too. Tested them to make sure everything was air tight. The pipes will make their own seal.

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I got some copper nickel (Kunifer). At first I couldn't really work with this but I started to get used to it and before long I had confidence and was making replacement piping. If anyone wants some cheap copper roll I've got nearly 2 rolls. I'll sell them for a tenner.

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Really enjoying working with Kunifer now.

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Comparing the copper, original steel and Kunifer flanges

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Making the replacement pipes

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The Kunifer is much stronger than copper and more resistant to corrosion and doesn't get brittle like copper.

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The tools I used. It's a Sunday morning job whilst watching repeats of Wheeler Dealers. It doesn't get better than that!
black 146
there was a guy down this way who could make most things like this !
i will try to fined his number i spoke to him at a show& shine show
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 6th May 2015 01:02) *
there was a guy down this way who could make most things like this !
i will try to fined his number i spoke to him at a show& shine show


Making the brake lines has now turned into one of the most satisfying jobs on the car. I've also got all the new braided hoses so can't wait to put it all together.
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 6th May 2015 13:47) *
Making the brake lines has now turned into one of the most satisfying jobs on the car. I've also got all the new braided hoses so can't wait to put it all together.





i did ask him if could make the dust covers in stainless but he said the metal was to hard to shape
left him a message
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 22nd April 2015 22:30) *
looking good once it's done you will have a well sorted car worshippy.gif coolio.gif
Are you going to paint the brake calipers . ? as they are off


Calipers are going to be red. If I had to chance to paint them again it would be yellow. The way I see it once I'm done I'll have a well sorted car that will go for another 20 years. The only other thing to look at will be the engine cam belt replacement which I can't wait to do myself.

QUOTE(effkay @ 23rd April 2015 10:01) *
Good work! worshippy.gif


Cheers mate!
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 6th May 2015 15:36) *
i did ask him if could make the dust covers in stainless but he said the metal was to hard to shape
left him a message


Interestingly, I asked a couple of places about making and flanging brake pipe but they'll only work with copper. Cunifer (copper nickel) is not that much harder to work with once you get used to it.

Copper, if you had to reshape it, as you do sometimes when you don't quite get the contour of the original pipe right, always feels like it's lost some of its strength.
Ganz
April 2015

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Time to replace the front struts.

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Old strut came out really easily

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20 years of use.

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Underneath seems in good condition.

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Supporting the front axle

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De-rusted the front axles

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Comparing the lowered FK springs to the original springs. Seems quite a drop.. blink.gif

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New goodies!

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The new struts are also lower

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More new items for the front struts


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Decided the replace the strut bearings, bump stops and strut mount with new items. The spring rubbers I cleaned up.

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Sizing things up

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Decided to fabricate my own front dust guards and brackets for the struts for the ABS cable

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New discs going on all round

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New brake hoses too.

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Powder-coated the rear dust guards and petrol tank straps.

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Got the springs put on.

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Hope these aren't going to be too hard!

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Repaired holes in rear wings and painted.

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Painted underneath but only where treated and needed.

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Routed the new brake lines

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I started with the front of the car. I had to take the throttle body intake hose to get better access to routing the pipes.

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Bolted on the front struts

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Routing the brake pipes

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One of the toughest jobs was to clip the plastic bracket around the rubber grommet that fit around the pipes. Real ball ache this one.

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Satisfying job though to feed the new pipe through the original fitments.

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Now to flange the pipes with the connectors.

Hoping to get the front sub-frame assembled in next post biggrin.gif
black 146
can i ask what you paid for the discs and are you going with a soft pad
i need to replace the full set of discs but i do like the look of the grooved discs just trying to find them with vented front that don't cost loads
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 28th May 2015 14:23) *
can i ask what you paid for the discs and are you going with a soft pad
i need to replace the full set of discs but i do like the look of the grooved discs just trying to find them with vented front that don't cost loads


Yes mate. It was 69.99 from seller mtec100.

Just make sure you stipulate you are looking for 280mm. I've painted all my front calipers now and got my Powerflex camber bolts.
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 1st June 2015 23:30) *
Yes mate. It was 69.99 from seller mtec100.

Just make sure you stipulate you are looking for 280mm. I've painted all my front calipers now and got my Powerflex camber bolts.




Me & Brad done a all the rear calipers last weekend . rain stopped play on sunday But i did not no how f,,ked ? the sliders where! So now all good now . and got new bearings new ish shocks and springs ON
just got to get new pads and discs as the problem with the slider have not done them any good
going to get the stainless flexsys brake pips and new discs + pads all round plus i got the power flex bushes to put on
and going to send the new bumpers to the pain shop is he will paint the side as well as i'm going to sort all the damage from last f**king week
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 2nd June 2015 00:52) *
Me & Brad done a all the rear calipers last weekend . rain stopped play on sunday But i did not no how f,,ked ? the sliders where! So now all good now . and got new bearings new ish shocks and springs ON
just got to get new pads and discs as the problem with the slider have not done them any good
going to get the stainless flexsys brake pips and new discs + pads all round plus i got the power flex bushes to put on
and going to send the new bumpers to the pain shop is he will paint the side as well as i'm going to sort all the damage from last f**king week


Yeah, sorry to see your 145 got dented. Hopefully the stats dictate you won't have another for a while if at all.

My rear sliders seem ok. A little bit of pitting but nothing major that copper grease can't put amend.

The thing about a project like this is every job is a major job and I have to do two or three of them to do at the same time otherwise I'll be here till 2016 huh.gif
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 3rd June 2015 00:13) *
Yeah, sorry to see your 145 got dented. Hopefully the stats dictate you won't have another for a while if at all.

My rear sliders seem ok. A little bit of pitting but nothing major that copper grease can't put amend.

The thing about a project like this is every job is a major job and I have to do two or three of them to do at the same time otherwise I'll be here till 2016 huh.gif






That's the thing you can't leave something if it needs to be done as you are doing the job and it's your car
trying to stop parking in the same space but we got the summer holiday with f**king holidaymakers that can't reverse park into a space ??????????????? no3.gif mad.gif angry.gif
IgoRR
Nice work there m8 coolio.gif
Ganz
QUOTE(IgoRR @ 4th June 2015 07:55) *
Nice work there m8 coolio.gif


Cheers Mate! I'm loving this project. Just want to get it done and take it out on the race track!!!!!! I think I'm going to have to work night shifts to get it done.

The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.
black 146


The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.
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My son's tell me that! it's down to old age once your over 50 it's all down hill naughty.gif roflmao.gif
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 8th June 2015 09:47) *
The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.


My son's tell me that! it's down to old age once your over 50 it's all down hill naughty.gif roflmao.gif


I thought they said 50 was the new 30?
black 146
QUOTE(Ganz @ 8th June 2015 22:38) *
I thought they said 50 was the new 30?






tell my body that! I WISH no3.gif
IgoRR
QUOTE(Ganz @ 8th June 2015 00:20) *
Cheers Mate! I'm loving this project. Just want to get it done and take it out on the race track!!!!!! I think I'm going to have to work night shifts to get it done.

The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.



I have a project like that with my brother. So far, we don't have spare parts laying beside the car when we bolt things back on the car biggrin.gif

Ganz
QUOTE(IgoRR @ 11th June 2015 12:57) *
I have a project like that with my brother. So far, we don't have spare parts laying beside the car when we bolt things back on the car biggrin.gif


I kind of think I know what you meant to say.. Thing is with new parts, the last I want, is for the dreaded rust to set in. I keep a lot of my part at home nice and warm rolleyes.gif
Ganz
Got the front subframe ready. For anyone thinking of doing this don't bother bolting the wishbones on as I had to take them off when bolting the frame to the car.

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black 146
I know i'm sad but did you paimt the wish bones + were all the rubber sits into ?
looking way cool worshippy.gif coolio.gif
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 23rd June 2015 11:47) *
I know i'm sad but did you paimt the wish bones + were all the rubber sits into ?
looking way cool worshippy.gif coolio.gif


No probs. The offside wishbone with the red ball joint cover is a brand new item and it has the original black paint work. The nearside one, which was virtually new, i did clean and paint up with a dash of black hammerite.

I decided not to poly bush the wishbones as they were brand new. The wishbones are quite easy to take off the subframe anyway should I decide to do this at a later date.

I had to drop the front subframe twice now rant.gif once to get the gearbox shifter housing brackets on and secondly to locate the steering rack to line up the bolt holes. The steering rack was impossible to bolt on with the subframe bolted in place so I had to drop the subframe a bit.

I can drop front subframes now in under one minute biggrin.gif

BTW you can't get the lower arb bracket anymore only the upper clamps. Luckily I kept my originals and cleaned them up. Fiat Coupe arb lower clamps will fit but the depression is too low and you won't be able to tighten the upper clamp enough to tighly hold the arb in.
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 30th June 2015 13:24) *
No probs. The offside wishbone with the red ball joint cover is a brand new item and it has the original black paint work. The nearside one, which was virtually new, i did clean and paint up with a dash of black hammerite.

I decided not to poly bush the wishbones as they were brand new. The wishbones are quite easy to take off the subframe anyway should I decide to do this at a later date.

I had to drop the front subframe twice now rant.gif once to get the gearbox shifter housing brackets on and secondly to locate the steering rack to line up the bolt holes. The steering rack was impossible to bolt on with the subframe bolted in place so I had to drop the subframe a bit.

I can drop front subframes now in under one minute biggrin.gif

BTW you can't get the lower arb bracket anymore only the upper clamps. Luckily I kept my originals and cleaned them up. Fiat Coupe arb lower clamps will fit but the depression is too low and you won't be able to tighten the upper clamp enough to tighly hold the arb in.





i've still got to put all new brakes on. BUT now the bracket that holds the gear stick in place has broke offffffffffff rant.gif
Thats what i get putting a phs1 tunnel on for the 2ltr box in rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif
Ganz
QUOTE(black 146 @ 30th June 2015 17:00) *
i've still got to put all new brakes on. BUT now the bracket that holds the gear stick in place has broke offffffffffff rant.gif
Thats what i get putting a phs1 tunnel on for the 2ltr box in rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif


Easy to replace. Take the exhaust off and the you can drop the gearshift housing off and the whole gear linkage.

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Undo this bolt

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Undo the nuts holding the gearshift housing.

Today I had put the arb drop links on the wrong way round - I assume the drop links are slightly angled towards the middle of the car. Arb nut and drop link nut seem to seem to tighten forever. Can't get a socket in the tight space so going on old pics and counting the number of exposed threads.
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